news for the week of February 26, 2019
Corrected version of this week's Diocesan e-News
Celebrating Bishop Beisner 

Our journey through this episcopal transition has carried us to the place where we intentionally and joyfully celebrate the ministry and gifts of of Bishop Barry and his episcopate in this diocese.
We honor Bishop Barry
In Story: Send cards, notes, and stories  about the way that Bishop Barry has blessed you during his time as a bishop (
Photos: Send photos of your church, your church's ministries and people, and photos of Bishop Barry ( Photos and notes will be included in a memory book for him.
A gift: The diocese is giving Bishop Barry and Rev. Ann a trip to begin their life in retirement together. Donate here(Donors will be recognized.)
Celebration: We will gather in three different events to honor Bishop Barry. Please save the date - more information available soon.
May 11             St. John's Episcopal Church,  Petaluma
June 7              Trinity Cathedral,  Sacramento
June 15            All Saints Episcopal Church,  Redding
Where are we in the transition to a new bishop?
We have successfully elected The Rev. Canon Megan Traquair to be the 8th bishop here. We are planning and preparing for her consecration on June 29, 2019, pending consents from across the wider church and subsequent approval from the Presiding Bishop's office. We turn now to honor Bishop Barry and celebrate his episcopate and ministry. This is an important step in this transition process: honoring the past sets in us a heart of gratitude for the ministry and gifts so faithfully given by God to us through Bishop Barry's time in the diocese. By engaging fully in the celebration of Bishop Barry's ministry, we prepare in a healthy way for a new time and a new episcopate in the diocese.

O God, by your grace you have called us in this Diocese to a
goodly fellowship of faith. Bless our Bishop Barry, Bishop-elect Megan,
other clergy, and all our people. Grant that your Word
may be truly preached and truly heard, your Sacraments
faithfully administered and faithfully received. By your
Spirit, fashion our lives according to the example of your
Son, and grant that we may show the power of your love to
all among whom we live; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Bishop's visitation schedule  
  • March 3 - St. John's, Roseville 
  • March 31 - St. James, Yuba City
  • April 7 - St. Clement's, Rancho Cordova 
  • April 21 - Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento (Easter) 
Bishop Barry's 2019 visitation schedule is available here.
Resources for Lent 2019

Lent 2019 begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6. Here are a few way you can engage in Lent.

Lent Madness is a fun, engaging way for people to learn about the men and women comprising the Church's Calendar of Saints.  The format is straightforward: 32 saints are placed into a tournament-like single elimination bracket. Each pairing remains open for a set period of time and  people vote for their favorite saint. Learn more here.

Episcopal Relief & Development Lenten Meditation books are available to either order copies or to subscribe to daily emails. This is the 15th year for this program. There is no charge for the books, which come in either English or Spanish; only the shipping is charged. More information is available here.

Living Well through L ent 2019 is now available from Living Compass, an Episcopal Wellness Initiative.  The Diocesan Partners in Ministries of Health will provide FREE copies to enhance your ministries of healing and health. They are intended  for individual or group study. A Facilitator Guide is available as a download through Living Compass.   A Spanish version will also be available.  To order please contact Susan Wahlstrom, Coordinator of Health Ministries, via email at  or via phone at (209) 296-1139.  In addition, you can enroll in daily emails during Lent, join a Facebook discussion group, and more

The Way of Love in Lent and Easter is offering several resources. There are three components to choose from, which include an adult forum, quiet day curriculum, and Test Kitchen, which is a Facebook-based platform. Learn more here.
For clergy: Lenten Quiet Day

The theme for this Lenten quiet day will be "Nourishing Practices." Come explore how to infuse your day-to-day routine with practices that feed your body, mind, and spirit. Attendees will learn about accessible nutrition, movement, and meditation practices. 
The quiet day facilitator will be The. Rev. Megan Anderson. Currently living in Seattle, but native to Northern California, Megan has been a priest for five years. She is deeply passionate about the power of holistic wellness as spiritual practice. As a Fitness Instructor, Nutritional Therapist, and meditation teacher, Megan loves to introduce people to bite sized practices that can lead to powerful transformation. 

When: Wednesday, March 20, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Mercy Center; 535 Sacramento St., Auburn, CA 95603
Registration: This is event is free. Please  register here.
Have you sent your church banner to the Cathedral?

Trinity Cathedral - your cathedral in the Diocese of Northern California - includes in the Prayers of the People the congregations listed in the diocesan cycle of prayer for that Sunday. And, if the Cathedral also has a banner for your congregation, it is carried down the aisle during the opening hymn in at least one of the worship services. The banners for that Sunday are displayed near the epistle lectern where everyone can see it. It is one of the ways the Cathedral is trying to connect to the entire diocese.
Many years ago, kits were sent to every congregation of our diocese for creating a banner that could be hung in the Cathedral's Great Hall and used during worship. A couple of years ago, the banners were sent back to their respective congregations during renovations of the hall. So far there are 24 banners back in the hall, representing less than half of our congregations. If you have not sent back your banner, or would like information about how to make a banner, please contact the Rev. Jim Richardson, interim dean of the Cathedral at
ECS annual grants open to submit letters of interest

Episcopal Community Services is now accepting letters of interest for the Warren Dunning Memorial Social Justice Grant (three year grant) and for the annual ECS grants which are given to church ministries that focus on human rights advocacy, human service or health programs, and lay leadership/empowerment programs.

Learn more about the three-year Warren Dunning Grant here. Learn more about the yearly grants here.

Please email your letter of interest to by March 20 to be considered.
People impacted by the Camp Fire share their stories 

We are sharing stories of people who were impacted by the Camp Fire on the  Episcopal Church Camp Fire Recovery Team Facebook page .

This week's stories are  available here
Summer camp registrations are open!

Pathways Youth Pilgrimage 2018

Our diocese is near and home to several Episcopal summer camps where young people can explore their relationship to God through all the astonishing natural beauty our region has to offer. Swimming, hiking, boating, rock climbing, worship services, camping, and the chance to make friends for life, are just some of the activities offered by summer church camps.

Would you like to support young people in affording these life-changing summer camp experiences? Donate here. (select Youth Camp Scholarship)

Pathways Youth Pilgrimage - Apply by April 1!
Join youth of the diocese for Pathways in Humboldt County, from June 16-21. Pathways is a pilgrimage that aims to equip youth to be agents of truth, peace, and reconciliation. Led by the young adults who started Pathways, participants will spend a week together sharing meals, worshiping, having fun and traveling as pilgrims. Learn more here.

Camp Living Waters - Arcata
A week-long Episcopal summer camp in the heart of Redwood Valley, Camp Living Waters is based at St. Alban's parish in Arcata and draws staff members from the faith communities of the North Coast. Learn more here.

Camp Galilee - Lake Tahoe
Located on the shore of Lake Tahoe, Camp Galilee is the camp of the Episcopal Diocese of Nevada. Camp Galilee's summer camps help youth develop deep relationships with their peers, caring counselors, the natural world, and God. Learn more here.

St. Dorothy's Rest - Camp Meeker
Beautifully located in the heart of a redwood forest on the Russian River and just miles from the Pacific Ocean, St. Dorothy's offers a summer camp experience that celebrates the natural world. Learn more here.

Bishop's Ranch - Healdsburg
BREAD Camp is set among the forest, farms and vineyards of Sonoma County, where campers can discovery community and spirituality, and participate in summer camping activities. Learn more here.
Celebration of New Ministry - Thursday, Feb. 28

The Celebration of New Ministry for the Rev. Brad Helmuth, Rector at   Holy Trinity, Nevada City, located at 201 Nevada St., will be Thursday, Feb. 28  at 6:30 p.m. 

Reception to follow. Clergy - white stoles. 
Happening at your Cathedral

March 6, Ashes To Go: Trinity Cathedral and St. Paul's will be participating in Ashes To Go from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (St. Paul's will begin earlier to catch the morning commuter traffic). If you are interested in volunteering for this wonderful ministry, please contact Susan Hotchkiss at by Feb. 28. 
March 9, Presentation on the Doctrine of Discovery in the Church: The Rev. Deacon Lewis "Sitting Panther" Powell (Cherokee/Saponi) is the Indigenous Ministries Missioner for our diocese. In that capacity, he travels to parishes within the diocese sharing information about the role of Indigenous Peoples (Native American) Ministries in the Church and information about the Doctrine of Discovery and Manifest Destiny. This talk will be from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. A reception will follow.

April 6-7, Save the date - author Diana Bass to visitDiana is the author of a number of popular books, including Christianity for the Rest of Us In her r ecent book, Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks , she writes of how she has rediscovered the spiritual power of being grateful and how offering thanks even in the hard times is transformational and life giving.  She will lead a Lenten workshop on Saturday, April 6, and preach on Sunday, April 7. 
Annual Interfaith Climate Conference in Davis 

The Yolo Interfaith Alliance for Climate Justice's (YIACJ) 7th Annual Interfaith Climate Conference will be held in Davis, where  the Rev. Sharon Delgado, author of Love in a Time of Climate Change, and Michael McCormick, president of Cool Davis will speak.  This event is a great opportunity to hear inspiring speakers, learn about local efforts to address climate change, and connect with other people of faith.

When: Saturday, March 16, 1 - 4 p.m.
WhereUnited Methodist Church, 1620 Anderson Rd., Davis, CA 95616
Registration: This event is free. Please register here.
Wingfield Deanery Racial Reconciliation training

The Wingfield Deanery   Racial Reconciliation training will be facilitated by leaders from our diocesan Commission for Intercultural Ministries. The day will provide an opportunity to come together as congregational leaders to learn how to help our worship communities appreciate and welcome the great diversity of people among us and around us, and to develop tools to work against the forces of racism in our world, and to be communities of reconciliation. 

In our diocese, this training is required for all clergy, for all lay people who are engaged in ministries of governance (diocesan boards and commissions, as well as vestries and mission committees), along with licensed lay ministers.

When: Saturday. March 23, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Church of the Ascension, 2420 Tuolumne St., Vallejo, CA 94589
Registration: The event is free (lunch included). Please  register here by March 15.
Contact: Email   Linda Jensen, Commission for Inter-cultural Ministries Co-chair, at
CPG Planning for Wellness Conference - April 5-6

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Between a career and family, it's hard to find time to focus on your financial picture, let alone your health. The Church Pension Group Planning for Wellness conference provides financial planning and education along with a focus on your physical and psychological well-being. This conference is for active clergy and their spouses.

When: Friday, April 5 - Saturday, April 6
WhereHilton Sacramento Arden West, 2200 Harvard St., Sacramento, CA 95815
Cost/registration $75/individual or $100/couple. Learn more and register here.
San Joaquin pilgrims to walk 16 days from Fresno to capital

The Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin's 16-day Pilgrimage of Hope will  begin on May 4 at their cathedral in Fresno and will conclude on the Day of the Immigrant in Sacramento on May 20. 

The pilgrimage is a visible witness of our standing in solidarity with and raising awareness of the plight of immigrants and refugees in the Central Valley.  The hope and intention in this walk is raise awareness of the struggles our sister and brother immigrants and refugees face daily, while also raising money to support Legal Defense Funds throughout the Valley. Learn more here.
Cursillo #114 and #115 is here! Join as a participant or on the leadership team

This year, there are two Cursillo weekends, one for men and one for women.

The Women's Team is still trying to fill the team. If there are Cursillistas that you know who might be willing to serve as the Head Agape/Dining Room, Assistant Agape/Dining Room or as the Assistant Rectora please email Rectora Amy Camp at The Men's Team is looking for a Palanca Leprechaun, an Assistant Palanca Leprachaun, and 12 more team members to fill out the Dining Room/Agape Crew and Rollo Room Table Leaders. Please email Brian Kennedy at f or further information.

On Saturday, March 23, there will be a Cursillo Potluck Brunch at Trinity, Sutter Creek, located at 430 State HWY 49, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

When Men's Cursillo #114: May 16-May 19 &  Women's Cursillo #115: May 30-June 2
Where: Both will be at Camp Alta, 794 Alta Powerhouse Rd., Alta, CA 95701
Registration: Candidates and team members may register here.
ContactAmy Cavalleri, Registrar, 530-200-4447
From the wider Church

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Traditionally celebrated on the last Sunday after Epiphany, this year, World Mission Sunday is celebrated on March 3. On World Mission Sunday, Episcopalians are invited to focus on the global impact of the Baptismal Covenant's call to "seek and serve Christ in all persons" (Book of Common Prayer, p. 305). It is also an opportunity to raise awareness of the many ways in which The Episcopal Church participates in God's mission around the world. Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry invites the church to observe World Mission Sunday in a video here.

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